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16th Jul 2021

1 in 20 people testing positive for Covid are fully vaccinated

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Cases are rising.

Around one in 20 people who have tested positive for Covid 19 are fully vaccinated, it has emerged.

As the Delta variant takes hold, there has been a rise in cases, but also a rise in cases among the vaccinated.

Niamh O’Beirne, the HSE’s national lead for testing and tracing, said that 5% of all positive Covid cases are people who have had two of their vaccinations, with the vaccines types all varying.

It is to be noted, however, that despite this, full vaccination does help prevent severe Covid symptoms and can give more protection when it comes to getting sick from the virus.

This news broke after nearly 1,000 cases of the virus were reported in the state yesterday evening, with 80 people currently battling it in hospital and 22 in ICU.

And while there has been a rise in hospital figures, it is significantly lower compared to the number of cases we’re seeing, showing the vaccination rollouts impact.

HSE chief Paul Reid also revealed that it would be late August or early September before 80% of the adult population will be fully vaccinated.

It is said, however, that this is not fast enough to keep up with the Delta spread as the majority of those under 30 have yet to receive their jab.

The vaccine portal has opened today for 25-29 year olds, with hopes of them getting their first dose in the next three to four weeks.

On Monday, people aged 18 to 24 will be allowed to register for an AstraZeneca vaccine but will be waiting longer if they want Pfizer or Moderna.

Over the last two weeks, pharmacies have been giving out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for 18-50 year olds, which is hoped to speed up the process.